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Every Christmas we have the same message,’don’t drink and drive’, but are we really missing a golden opportunity?
Our sport is driven by oil, the refined product that goes into the tank of every race car is a miracle of modern chemistry. Every drop is tapped for its power and every race, the companies tweak an already complicated formula to gain a sliver of extra power.
But do we need to break this hold on our sport and cast aside the need for a dinosaur in our tanks?
We have seen the rise of the formula E cars and sadly as a race series it just faces way too many problems at the moment. I know that before you can run you need to walk but the fact that one charge can’t complete a very limited race is frankly embarrassing, even the great isle of man TT has the zero race and this is a step in the right direction but are batteries really the solution?
The last few years we have seen ever more frugal power systems delivered to the teams. Extra battery power and ever increasing regeneration systems seem the norm but is this really necessary? There are Greener alternatives to this problem and I do wonder why these are not explored.
Hydrogen is one such fuel but there is another alternative.. Booze!
Alcohol has been used as a fuel as long as oil and it really can deliver more… umph.
Think of the possible sponsorship deals as our teams drive around the track.. Vijay Mallya would be a happy man. Martini could actually power the Williams and as for the perfume sponsorship.. Davidhof…for man and machine. Alcohol could be derived from just about any carbon source and given the current world thinking this could be a good thing.
Our own road cars can run on a very simple mix of oil and alcohol now and just as one example,the USA has had this for years so why not take the next leap..convert our track going monsters into the green machines they could be. The racing would be exactly the same and the development of the engines is 90% there. The cars would still roar as they power down the straights and even the tree huggers can rest as we replant the biomass that would have been used.
Now back to the real world, Yeah,.right, that’s really going to happen. The amount of money that is provided by the likes of Shell, Petronas and Total – to name but a few – really does make this a total non starter in my book.
Alcohol may well be the future but as we have seen many times before… change doesn’t come easily.
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